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Nov. 21, 2017
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Professor and Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie was a keynote speaker for the 7th Rizal Library International Conference, which was held from November 16-18 at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Philippines. The theme of the conference was "CLICK! Connecting Libraries, Information, and Community Knowledge."

Downie gave the presentation, "HathiTrust Research Center: Text mining the very big data of the HathiTrust Digital Library." HathiTrust Digital Library is a partnership of more than 100 university and public libraries, which has amassed a collection of over 15 million volumes and 5.5 billion pages. While researchers are applying data mining and text analysis techniques to reveal new knowledge buried within the collection, roughly 10 million volumes are under copyright restrictions and cannot be shared directly with researchers.

In his talk, Downie, codirector of the...

Nov. 6, 2017
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Master's student Jiayi Liu has received two awards to attend the CIKM 2017 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, which will be held on November 6-10 in Singapore. The conference will highlight technologies behind the "Smart Cities, Smart Nations" vision shared by urban areas worldwide and will explore technology and business collaboration opportunities through open innovation.

The first award received by Liu is the CIKM Travel Award, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia and Web (SIGWEB). The second award is the SIGIR Student Travel Grant, sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval.

At the...

Nov. 2, 2017

Master's student Sara Benson, copyright librarian and assistant professor at the University Library, and Harriett Green, affiliated faculty member and head of scholarly communication and publishing at the University Library, have been invited to present at the 2017 Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI 2017).

SCI 2017, which will be held from November 5-9 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a forum for teams of individuals from diverse backgrounds to come together to define challenges, explore strategies, and establish collaborations in the domain of scholarly communications. This year's theme is "Scholarly Storytelling: Compelling Research for an Engaged Public."
 
Benson and Green's project, "A New Framework for Sharing and Reflecting Non-Textual Cultural Narratives," explores how researchers, cultural heritage institutions, designers, and communities can collaborate to design...

Nov. 1, 2017
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Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn is sharing her research on scholarly communication with scholars, professionals, practitioners, and educators through two major, education-focused conferences. 

At the 14th Annual Open Education Conference (OpenEd17), which took place in Anaheim, California, from October 11-13, Bonn led the round table discussion, "Walking the Walk for Open Pedagogy: Community Design of a Shared Open Educational Resource about Scholarly Communication for Librarians and Learners."

Abstract: This presentation describes our work developing a collaborative, community-driven, dynamic OER for introducing students and practitioners to scholarly communication. An open resource is critical to this approach because scholarly communication has a multiplicity of contexts and meanings so institutions, instructors, and learners need to be able tell their own stories. Openness creates a space in which...

Oct. 24, 2017

Several iSchool faculty and students will participate in the 2017 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting, which will be held October 27-November 1 in Washington, D.C. The meeting, now in its 80th year, is the premier international conference dedicated to the study of information, people, and technology in contemporary society. This year's theme is "Diversity of Engagement."

The involvement of iSchool faculty extends beyond participation in the event. Associate Professor Kathryn La Barre and Assistant Professor Emily Knox are members of the ASIS&T Board of Directors, contributing to governance activities. La Barre, chair of the 80th Anniversary advisory group, will be capturing ASIS&T memories in a brief oral history format from participants as part of the anniversary celebrations and working with Toni Carbo (University of Pittsburgh) and iSchool doctoral student Cass Mabbott to assemble an interactive timeline. Knox is one of...

Oct. 23, 2017
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Daniel S. Katz, iSchool affiliated faculty member and assistant director for scientific software and applications at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), was the keynote speaker for the International Workshop on Science Gateways – Australia (ISGW-A) during the 11th eResearch Australasia Conference, and was the closing plenary speaker for the conference, which was held from October 16-20 in Brisbane, Australia. The conference brings together researchers from across the region and the globe to discuss how information and communication technologies enable them to collaborate and collect, manage, share, process, analyze, store, find, understand, and reuse information.

In his ISGW-A presentation, "Software Citation: A Solution with a Problem," Katz examined how software citation provides credit to software developers but "overloads" the existing academic publication and indexing system. Developers are allowed to submit software to publishers for review and...

Oct. 16, 2017
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Karla Lucht, graduate studies advisor and coordinator of continuing education, and Ann Ohms, K-12 program coordinator, will present at the 30th annual Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) Conference in Springfield. The theme of the conference, which will be held October 19-21, is "30 Years and Shining Bright."

Lucht will give the talk, "Social Justice in Youth Literature," during a professional development pre-conference workshop on October 19, and "Infusing the Collection and Curriculum: Social Justice in Non-fiction,” on October 20. Ohms will serve as a panelist and moderator for the session, “Building and Leveraging Your Professional Learning Network (PLN)," on October 20. They will give a joint...

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